October 31, 2021

Altars of Remembrance
Lauren Levwood, Intern Minister; Rev. Jeanne Pupke, and Worship Associate, Bob Rogers of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond

All that we experience is carried within us. Altar creation is one way to reflect and bring our thoughts, feelings, and memories into view. This Sunday at 11 am, bring your lived experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic to our collective altar. We'll reflect upon the past year and a half of pandemic, grieve our losses, share our experiences, and make meaning together.

This morning we'll gather for online worship with fellow UUs in Richmond Virginia. In November, First UU of Richmond will attend an ERUUF service in exchange.

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October 24, 2021

Beyond Categorical Thinking:

What this moment in time, T-Rex named Penelope, Pittsburgh, and a theologian can teach us about The Future of Religion and our commitment to Equity and Justice

 

Religion, including Unitarian Universalism, is at a moment in time. Can it survive? And what must it do in order to survive? What must we do? We’ll explore our place in today’s world, and why it's metaphorical meteorites and not a comet that could wipe us out.

Rev. Keith Kron, Director of the Transitions Office for the UUA, is the guest preacher this morning. 

October 17, 2021

Beyond Languish 
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: Kate Lewis and others
How would you describe how you're feeling?  I've been asking people, and one answer that summed up all others was an emphatic "BLAH!"  Spiritually, what could we do to help move ourselves beyond "blah"?  
Cheryl Fenner Brown, Worship Associate will lead a guided meditation.  

October 10, 2021

Indigenous People's Day: A Deep Listening Revisited
Revs. Jacqueline Brett and Deborah Cayer
Music: Kate Lewis, piano

In this month of exploring relationships, we take a look at history and complexity that exist in our relationship with America's indigenous people. Member Julia Marrone, of Cherokee heritage, will share a reflection, and we center the work of incumbent United States Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation. 

The collection from this Sunday's offertory will benefit Emancipate NC, a local nonprofit organization that is working locally to dismantle structural racism and mass incarceration in North Carolina.  Donations may be made online via our secure Kindrid Giving site here (select Generosity Sunday from the dropdown menu).

October 3, 2021

Pivot & Connect!
Rev. Jacqueline Brett
Music: Selected music from the ERUUF music archives.
On this Sunday we celebrate ERUUF's annual Connections Fair, recognizing our need to "Pivot" in order to "Connect" as we bring our beloved Fair to today's worship service. We'll hear from leaders of key ministry areas, and you'll find out how you can get involved in ERUUF's many offerings and why it's more important now than ever that we sustain our connections with one another when it might be tempting to pull back. We'll also celebrate this Sunday's start of the RE Program for children and youth! Visit the Connections Fair's Pivot & Connect website for an advance look at groups and activities you're invited to connect with.

September 26, 2021

Widening the Circle
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: Trilight, Kate Lewis and others

In 2017, UUA co-presidents commissioned a Commission on Institutional Change to study institutional racism that created dysfunction and disruption that threatened our religious movement.  After in-depth study and interviews, the Commission published its report in February of 2020. They noted at the time that their findings and recommendations are possibly even more pertinent to a post-pandemic Unitarian Universalism than before. This morning we'll begin to explore why this report is so important, and what we are doing at ERUUF to help co-create an anti-racist Unitarian Universalism. 

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September 19, 2021

PRIDE: Embracing Possibility
Rev. Jacqueline Brett
This Sunday we begin the celebrations of Durham Pride Week with stories, reflections, and music chronicling the possibilities the LGBTQIA+ community has lived into that bring us to this present moment, as well as the current political climate and the new possibilities that must still be embraced.
 
 
 

September 12, 2021

What's Love Got to Do With It?
Rev. Jacqueline Brett
On this Sunday we officially launch ERUUF's 2500 Hours of Love project, our congregation's gift of service honoring and celebrating Rev. Deborah Cayer's 25th anniversary in ministry and her steadfast commitment to racial equity and racial justice. 2500 Hours of Love is a robust project focused on community engagement and justice-making beyond ERUUF's walls while we're also building relationships in support of the critical need for racial equity and racial justice.

LINK: https://2500hoursoflove.eruuf.org/

 
Rev. Jacqueline Brett, worship leader, with reflections by ERUUF Board Chair: Bonnie LaCroix, the 2500 Hours of Love Task Force: Jean O'Barr, Sarah Walls, and Barbara Welanetz, and the project spokespersons: Ann Verdine and Sam Wohns. Music from ERUUF's archives is highlighted by a special presentation recently created by the Eno River Summer Choir.

September 5, 2021

Somebody's Hurting Our People (and it's gone on far too long) - A "Best of ERUUF" Sunday Service

"Best of ERUUF" services will be presented occasionally from a collection of past ERUUF services that stand the test of time, on a topic that remains relevant and important today. This practice will enable our worship and tech teams to continue to sustainably develop meaningful new services. Worship leaders: Revs. Deborah Cayer, Stacy Grove, and Michael Field; music by Kate Lewis, The UU Thrive Chorus, and Yara Allen. 

August 29, 2021

Pivot Point
Rev. Deborah Cayer

Sometimes you have to make a quick change, "turn on a dime," pivot in place so you're able to take on something unexpectedly new. How do we do this so we don't end up strained, stressed, fallen, exhausted?  Rev. Deborah Cayer, worship leader, reflection by Ms. Joan Tilghman. Music from the ERUUF archives.

August 22, 2021

Laboring to Birth a New World

The people who created and led this service are members of the musical group Jewelsong: Farrunnissa, Lila Rosa, Sofianna, Sue-Anne Solem, Marilyn Grubbs, and Betsy Bickel. They’re joined later in the service by Lynda Hambourger of ERUUF’s Earth Justice Team.  

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We are living through a time of change when old ways are dissolving and new energy is being born all around us. A new world is being born. How will this new world emerge? What are our individual tasks in the birthing?

Through music, participatory singing, meditation, poetry, and reflections, Jewelsong and ERUUF's Earth Justice team invite us into this process of labor and birth.

 

 

August 15, 2021

Failing Forward
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Ever find yourself in an impossible situation, uncertain of what you can do next?  (Like right now, maybe? Or anytime this past year and a half?!) When we're caught without good options, we can at least try to "fail forward."  This morning we'll explore the spiritual practice of being moral and spiritual, especially in impossible situations. Music by Eno River Singers, Kate Lewis, and Pam DiLavore.
 
We welcome anyone to the Sanctuary who wishes to attend in person. Masks and socially distant seating in place. Space is limited. RE for children takes place outdoors at 9:30 am.